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US Government Regulates Telecommunications & Media (1934 – 1965)

(1934) Congress passes Communications Act, which includes a provision requiring the recently estab­lished Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure universal service … “as far as possible to all the people of the United States with rapid efficient, nation­wide and worldwide wire and radio communications” and to regulate all interstate and foreign electrical com­munication systems originating in the US.

(1958) President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Public Law 85-905, which created the forerunner to the Described and Cap­tioned Media Program (DCMP) with funding from the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW), now the US Department of Education.

(1962) President John F. Kennedy signs Public Law 87-715, which authorized DCMP to handle research, train­ing, production, acquisition and the distribution of edu­cational media.

(1964) Gallaudet College becomes 100 years old.

(1965) President Lyndon B. Johnson approves Public Law 89-258, which authorized the distribution of media equipment by CMP.